1. Gas Lines and Copper Piping
Looking to purchase a restaurant that’s been vacant for some time? If so, it could have damaged or missing gas lines. These vital parts of the line include:
2. Air-conditioning Systems
The restaurant’s air-conditioning system is important to keep customers and workers cool and happy. An air-conditioning system potentially includes:
Rooftop Unit (pictured above)
A cooling component, such as a chiller or condenser, lasts 16-23 years. However, the lifespan of these components increase with regular maintenance and upkeep. For example, you need to be attentive to any potential hail damage or rust buildup.
If a restaurant stays vacant for a long period, the fire-safety inspections may lapse. Some notable restaurant fire-safety items include:
elevator certification (for multi-level restaurants)
kitchen Ansul systems
fire extinguisher inspections
fire alarm panels and exit signage maintenance.
Restaurants in the U.S. are required to have a kitchen fire protection system. The most common system is Ansul, made by Tyco.
Your potential new restaurant property may have minor plumbing issues if the property has been vacant. Some minor and notable plumbing fixtures include:
Cast iron drains (underground)
Toilets & urinals
It is common for rubber parts to dry out, shrink, or crack when not used for long periods of time. These are simple fixes, but they can lead to expensive water bills due to leaky pipes.
5. Roof maintenance
Many owners neglect the roof. As a result, roof drains and gutters can clog and cause water to build up. The notable roof items include:
Excess water causes mold, cracks, and rust. In addition to the roof, these problems can expand to other areas of your property. For example, one of our inspected properties had a roof drain that caused the sidewalk and driveway to crack and erode.